Me again. Question 2 in my list of 698 questions that aren't really answered in my books:
Noel has learned to love her crate (and the treat that always goes with). She's quite impatient with me in the morning before I go to work because she wants me to get the hell out of the house. I get that exhausted "how can I nap properly you if you don't go away?" look. Her crate is next to a big set of sliding doors and she has a nice view of the yard, bird feeder and infiltrating squirrels. She's also partial to my leaving the adjacent TV turned to the food channel for her.
Since we started the crate routine, she's never gone more than about 4 hours at a stretch: 8:30 to 12:30 and 1:00 to 4-ish. My husband, RC, drives home during his lunch hour to let her out for a few minutes of play. So far, it's all worked out fine, but I'm still in a perpetual worry/guilt mode about leaving her for too long. Plus, I can't really see RC's noon visits going on for the next decade or so…the round trip takes his full lunch hour and a fair amount of petrol.
So, reality check, what's the maximum number of hours you experienced Basenji-ites think reasonable and sane? And do you have ideas for a Plan B? Much thanks ahead of time!